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Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
School DescriptionSCHOOL PROFILE
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is a private secondary school in the Washington D.C. area. The top-ranked school enrolls a large student body in grades 9 to 12. It offers a college preparatory curriculum, the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and fine arts.
The campus boasts a performing arts center, 52 acres of athletic fields, more than 10 science labs, a dance studio, two weight rooms, two gymnasiums, a football stadium with a turf field, and 50 classrooms with Apple TVs and Smartboards.
SPORTS AND ARTS
A superior athletic program has seen students go on to the Olympics, and is recognized for the performances by individual students in track and field, golf and baseball.
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School has an outstanding arts program that connects students with professional artists through workshops, mentorships, and community-based activities.
AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Our Lady of Good Counsel has twice received the U.S. Blue Ribbon Educational Award from the US Department of Education. The school has a college acceptance rate of nearly 100 percent, and 30 percent of graduates are accepted to Ivy League schools.
Olney is located 45-minutes from Washington DC. In DC students can visit iconic US sites including The Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space, The Natural History Museum, the Lincoln Memorial, and The White House.
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Awards and Accomplishments Of School
Two-time Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence Award; Speech and Debate Team has won 12 consecutive Metro Championships; Theater Company recognized by DC Metro Theater Arts with multiple awards; WCAC Conference Champions in Soccer, Field Hockey, and Swimming during 2018-2019 school year; Two Gold Medalists (swimming and wrestling) and an Olympic team doctor (Field Hockey) in 2016 Rio Olympics
Our Lady of Good Counsel has revised their application requirements to: TOEFL scores are preferred. Successful students usually have around an 80. SSAT, HSPT or PSAT scores are helpful for admission but not required.
Alfred Checci – Candidate for Governor of California :
• Bill Kappaz –Chairman and CEO:
• Blake Countess '11 - 2016 Sixth Round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles;
Defensive-back for The University of Michigan and Auburn University.
• Chas Gessner '99 – Professional football player, member of 2003 Super
Bowl Champion New England Patriots
• Jack Conger – Swimmer Olympics gold medalist.
• Chris Monroe ’99 –Basketball player, All-time leading scorer at George
• Jelani Jenkins '09 - 2013 Fourth Round Draft Pick for the Miami Dolphins.
Graduate of the University of Florida.
• Joe Truhe ’99 – basketball player recruited by Yale University
• John Berry – US Ambassador to Australia:
- 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
- 51 acres Campus Size
- 4% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?No
Student PopulationCoEd - School for both genders
Average Class Size22
English as Second Language (ESL) Support AvailableYes
Speciality ProgramsIB (International Baccalaureate); STEM (Science Technology, Engineer and Math); XBSS Leadership Institute (Xavarian Brothers); National Honor Society; St. Mary’s Scholars; Arts Masterworks; Global Scholars; Social Studies Scholars
Accepting Students in Grades9, 10, 11
Other - Eligibility Requirements?SSAT is preferred in addition to the TOEFL (no minimum for SSAT at this moment). Math, English and IB placement tests are required. $5000 scholarship to to non-Chinese speaking students who do not need ELL and with a strong transcript. I-20s are provided after May 15th. If the English test is not ready, the school will interview the student. Our Lady can offer a conditional acceptance based on TOEFL to be submitted later. Spring year available to US transfer students.
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